Virtual Herbarium Reflora scholarships for Brazilian students

The Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden (JBRJ) and Fundação Flora de Apoio à Botânica are offering six overseas scholarships in taxonomy.

The fellows will support repatriation of data on specimens of Brazilian flora held in herbaria in the United States and Austria, under the scope of the Virtual Herbarium Reflora project. The scholarships are part of the cooperation agreement with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Brazilian Biodiversity Information System (SiBBr), the GBIF national node. Only Brazilian students may apply for the scholarship.

The six scholarships are focused on taxonomists with a master's degree or doctorate, or who are in doctoral courses in Brazil (in botany or plant biology). 

The announcement and the application form are available in Portuguese on the Flora Foundation website. Candidates should send a CV, the application form and two letters of recommendation to

Deadline for applications: 19 July 2014

Belgian Biodiversity Platform seeks Science Officer and Biodiversity Expert

The Belgian Biodiversity Platform, a science-policy interface providing services to scientists engaged in biodiversity research and policy makers, is seeking a Science Officer for biodiversity science-policy communication and a Biodiversity Expert for science-policy interface issues.

Science Officer for biodiversity science-policy communication

The position is a one-year (replacement) full-time contract, starting from September or October 2014. It will be based at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences in Brussels, Belgium. The Science Officer for biodiversity science-policy communication will implement the Platform communication strategy, develop related scientific communication tools/activities, and provide support to the Platform science-policy and networking activities such as its communities of practice.

Details of the vacancy are on the Belgian biodiversity platform website.
For more information on the job content, please contact Angélique Berhault.
To apply, please contact Aline van der Werf (subject: Science communication officer). 

Deadline: 14 July 2014

Biodiversity Expert for science-policy interface issues

The position is a short-term contractual position, starting from October 2014. It will be based at the Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO) in Brussels, Belgium. The Biodiversity Expert for science-policy interface issues will support and facilitate the Belgium Ecosystem Services Community of Practice (BEES), detect issues of interest to the environmental/biodiversity science and policy community, and support capacity building to further develop those issues.

Details of the vacancy are on the Belgian biodiversity platform website.
For more information on the job content, please contact Hans Keune.
To apply, please contact Aline van der Werf (subject: Biodiversity/social science expert BBPf). 

Deadline: 15 August 2014

OBIS data manager

The Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS), part of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, under its International Oceanographic Information and Data Exchange Programme (IODE) is seeking a data manager. The position is a project appointment on a one-year contract, renewable subject to satisfactory service and availability of funding. The data manager will be based in Ostend, Belgium, and will assist the OBIS Secretariat with tasks on several marine-related projects, as well as supporting the OBIS work plan.

OBIS is a GBIF data publisher, currently sharing 180 marine datasets via the GBIF network.

Details of the vacancy are on the OBIS website. To apply, please contact Ward Appeltans

Deadline: 15 August 2014


CESAB calls for research projects 2014

The French Center for the Synthesis and Analysis of Biodiversity (CESAB) launches a call for research proposals to support research projects on biodiversity which do not include new primary data collection.
It provides expert groups with the necessary resources and infrastructure to share data sets and/or conduct extensive reflections on new biodiversity-related concepts. The projects are generally funded for a three-year period.

The CESAB supports national or international working groups. However, the leader of the working group must be belong to a French scientific organization and cannot be a member of the CESAB scientific and orientation committee.

  • Deadline for submitting pre-proposals: 16 September 2014.
  • Deadline for submitting full proposals: 4 December 2014.

For any further information on the CESAB initiative or the preparation of proposals, please contact the CESAB staff via

Ruby on Rails Developer, iNaturalist

The California Academy of Sciences is looking for a nature-loving Rails developer to help improve

iNaturalist (a GBIF data publisher) is a vibrant, global social network of people who share information about nature ISO a developer with significant Rails chops and experience with database tuning, query optimization, caching, systems administration, and system architecture design.

Read the complete job posting from Cal Academy and iNaturalist >>

Nominations for the 2014 Ebbe Nielsen Prize and Young Researchers Awards

The call for nominations for the 2014 Ebbe Nielsen Prize and Young Researchers Awards is now closed.

This year's winners of the awards will be announced ahead of the GBIF Governing Board annual meeting in New Delhi in October.
The Ebbe Nielsen Prize has been awarded annually to a person or team who demonstrates excellence in combining biodiversity informatics and biosystematics research. The €30,000 award is intended to allow the recipient(s) to engage in biosystematics/biodiversity informatics research outside his/her/their country of residence for a period of 3-6 months.
The Young Researchers Awards intend to foster innovative research and discovery in biodiversity informatics. Two awards of €4,000 will be available to graduate students in a master’s or doctoral programme at a university in a GBIF Voting Participant or Associate Participant country.

Download detailed information on submission procedures for the Ebbe Nielsen Prize and Young Researchers Awards.
See below for a full list of previous winners.

Ebbe Nielsen Prize

The Ebbe Nielsen Prize was established by the GBIF Governing Board to honour the memory of Dr Ebbe Schmidt Nielsen, who was an inspirational leader in the fields of biosystematics and biodiversity informatics.

The prize is awarded annually to a promising researcher, usually in the early stages of his/her career, who is combining biosystematics and biodiversity informatics research in an exciting and novel way.

The nominations are submitted by GBIF Participants to the GBIF Science Committee, which selects the recipient. The prize is awarded each year at the GBIF Governing Board meeting. It consists of 30,000 Euros, to be used by the recipient to further his/her research.

Past winners:

  • 2013 winner: Miguel Bastos Araújo (Portugal). See news item announcing the 2013 award
  • 2012: Nathan Swenson (United States)
  • 2011: Jens-Christian Svenning (Denmark)
  • 2010: Sujeevan Ratnasingham (Canada)
  • 2009: Andy Jarvis (Colombia)
  • 2008: Vice Stuart Smith (United Kingdom)
  • 2007: Paul Flemons (Australia)
  • 2006: John Wieczorek (United States)
  • 2005: Pablo Goloboff (Argentina)
  • 2004: Johan Nilsson (Sweden)
  • 2003: Stefan Schröder (Germany)
  • 2002: Nozomi Ytow (Japan)

Young Researchers Award

The Young Researchers Award (YRA) is an annual award aimed at graduate students from countries participating in the GBIF network.  Students should be enrolled in a masters or doctoral programme.

The main objective of the award is to foster innovative research and discovery in biodiversity informatics.  The award has been put in place to stimulate use of GBIF-mediated data by graduate students developing new research in biodiversity informatics, and also to serve as an outreach mechanism to universities. 

Past winners:

  • 2013 winners: Emma Gomez-Ruiz (Mexico); Nathan Ranc (France). See news release on the 2013 award.
  • 2012: Salvador Arias (Argentina); Elkin Tenorio Moreno (Colombia).
  • 2011: César Antonio Ríos-Muñoz (Mexico); Conor Ryan (Ireland).
  • 2010: Amy McDougall (United Kingdom); Andrés Lira-Noriega (United States).